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US Ambassador jazzes up Crossover radio

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. helped celebrate International Jazz Day in the Philippines by sharing his personal jazz favorites and notes on the music in special segments that aired fromMay 8 to May 21on what he described as the smoothest place on your radio, 105.1 Crossover.
US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr.
People who listened to the segments marveled at the avid jazz fans broad understanding and deep appreciation of the genre. Quoting jazz legend Herbie Hancock at the first International Jazz Day on April 30, Thomas reiterated that jazz is about the freedom of the human spiritabout humanityabout courageabout compassion because it speaks of whats happening in the world at the moment the music comes out. The 10 titles on Thomas list are Take The A-Train by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Satin Doll popularized by Duke Ellington and Billy Sweet Pea Strayhorn,Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn, Body And Soul by Sarah Vaughn, Things Aint What They Used to Be by Mercer, Take Five by Dave Brubeck, Weather Bird by Louis Armstrong, Black Codes (From The Underground) by Wynton Marsalis, Salt Peanuts by Dizzy Gillespie, and Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman. Thomas sessions were engaging, entertaining, and enlightening to say the least. Talking about each musical piece as he would of a favorite child, the ambassador delivered a delightful mixed bag of history and his story; about the genesis of jazz not only abroad but in the Philippines too, about rare and particular styles used in jazz music, about the correlation between the genre and the human condition at certain points in time, about the key players in jazz music history and their motivations, inclinations and situations, and even about feeling nostalgic for New York whenever a certain jazz gem fills the air and his heart. About jazz personally becoming the music of our lives. During the final segment, the US ambassador, on behalf of the US Embassy Manila earnestly thanked 105.1 Crossover for always playing great music and spreading jazz cheers to all jazz lovers out there. Indeed, as Thomas himself pointed out: If its jazz, youre at the right spot.
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